On 21 December 2022, Chief Minister Andrew Barr, MLA and Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury, MLA announced the establishment of a Board of Inquiry into the Criminal Justice System in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Board of Inquiry was established to ensure that the Territory’s framework for progressing criminal investigations and prosecutions is robust, fair and respects the rights of those involved. This involves ensuring the Territory’s criminal justice entities work effectively together, and appropriately within their respective statutory frameworks.

Specifically, the Inquiry will examine the conduct of criminal justice agencies involved in the trial of R v Lehrmann. Recent public reporting and commentary in relation to the matter of R v Lehrmann raise issues that may have wider implications for the prosecution of criminal matters in the Territory.

On 1 February 2023, the Board of Inquiry commenced. The Inquiry was established by Inquiries (Board of Inquiry – Criminal Justice System Appointment 2023 under section 5 of the Inquiries Act 1991.

The Board of Inquiry is being conducted by the former Queensland Solicitor-General and retired judge of the Queensland Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Mr Walter Sofronoff KC. Mr Sofronoff KC is independent of government.

Mr Walter Sofronoff KC delivered his report to the Chief Minister on 31 July 2023.

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